Man faked li­cence for an iPhone

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A WHIT­TING­TON man who al­tered a stolen driver’s li­cence to buy a mo­bile phone and drove dis­qual­i­fied has been fined $1250 and or­dered to pay back more than $2350 to Op­tus.

The Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court heard yes­ter­day Jor­dan Miller, 25, im­posed a photo of him­self on a stolen driver’s li­cence and used a Medi­care card in the same name to en­ter into a 24-month iPhone 7 con­tract at an Op­tus store in Mel­bourne in Au­gust 2017.

The court was told po­lice used CCTV and a state­ment from the owner of the li­cence to track Miller.

His crimes were un­cov­ered when the fake li­cence and Medi­care card were found in his car when po­lice pulled him over in So­lar Drive, Whit­ting­ton, on Novem­ber 30, 2017.

Checks of his li­cence found that it had been dis­qual­i­fied for four years in Au­gust 2017.

Yes­ter­day, Miller told the court “stu­pid­ity” and des­per­a­tion be­cause he was home­less at the time was the rea­son for his ac­tions.

“I was not in a good place ... I did it for money and I re­gret it,” Miller said.

Mag­is­trate John Lesser con­victed and fined Miller $500 for dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing.

He was also fined $750 for ob­tain­ing prop­erty by de­cep­tion. Miller will also have to pay $82.40 in statu­tory costs, and $2352 to Op­tus.

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